Save the Children is looking for an internationally mobile information and communications co-ordinator to join its humanitarian information & communications team.
From influencing world leaders to raising funds for emergency work, Cat Carter, head of humanitarian information & communications, tells us what it takes to succeed in this pivotal role.
A critical link between affected communities and the outside world
Save the Children is recruiting for a new member of its humanitarian information and communications team - a team that is frequently deployed in the aftermath of a disaster. Within this dynamic team, they are looking for an information and communications co-ordinator who will act as a critical link between the affected families, their communities and the outside world, as well as a link between different elements of a humanitarian response.
Deliver compelling communications in emergencies
The humanitarian information and communications co-ordinator is pivotal to the charity’s success. As Carter explains: "This role is critical to delivering compelling, authentic and accurate information and communications materials in emergencies, enabling children’s voices and needs to be heard on an international level.
"The role will also be key to supporting our advocacy, campaigns, programme, fundraising and media objectives in emergencies."
Kate O'Sullivan, communications manager for Save the Children in Greece, speaks with a Syrian family from Homs in the informal camp in Kara Tepe, Lesvos. [Photo credit: Anna Pantelia / Save the Children]
Are you motivated to tackle injustice?
The ideal candidate needs to have experience of working sensitively with vulnerable people, exceptional writing skills and a proven ability to function well in a dangerous or fluctuating security environment. A background in journalism or human rights research would be highly advantageous.
Carter adds: "In terms of personality, I always look for people who are passionate, energetic and motivated by tackling injustice. My ideal candidate would also need to be empathetic, humble and above all - kind."
Work with disaster-affected children and influence world leaders
The responsibilities of this key communications role are vast. The successful candidate will work with disaster-affected children to help influence world leaders, politicians and the wider UK public, to help raise funds for emergency work. They will also be helping to raise awareness of the issues affecting children.
Carter comments: "While we’re in the UK, our team can often be found delivering public talks and lectures on humanitarian issues and responses, or representing the charity in the media."
Tons of exciting training
Save the Children delivers robust training to its national staff, and to staff at its headquarters, who are interested in humanitarian work. From essential training courses for communications professionals such as ‘safeguarding children’ and ‘ethical interviewing’ through to project management training and photography, the charity is hot on continuous professional development (CPD) to cater for different employees’ needs.
As Carter explains: "We take learning and development very seriously at Save the Children and we offer tons of exciting training possibilities for all levels. We also offer bursaries for those who wish to further their education. We’re constantly evaluating what skills we need in order to ensure we can deliver change for children."
Save the Children's Hlayisanani Day Care Centre in the informal settlement of Setswetla in Alexandra Township, South Africa. [Photo credit: Ilan Godfrey / Save the Children]
Work on emergencies the world over
Save the Children’s humanitarian information & communications team is working on emergencies all over the world - from conflicts in Yemen and Syria, and the drought in Ethiopia, to the ongoing child refugee crisis in Europe and beyond.
Carter says: "We’re looking at ways to ensure our staff are fully supported in the field, as this kind of work can take its toll. Passionate people working on issues like conflict and rights abuses often find it difficult to switch off or to seek help if they find themselves affected by what they have heard or witnessed."
Carter sums up what it’s like to work at Save the Children: "Meaningful, occasionally heart-breaking, always inspiring."